Ray Bonner in the Guardian

Josh Hammer in the New York Times

Jeffrey Gettleman in the New York Times Review of Books

Kenyan writer Parselelo Kantai in the EastAfrican

"How to ruin a country", The Economist

David Kazia in the Sunday Nation

Bernard Porter in the London Review of Books

Kenyan blog

Patrick Smith in the Financial Times

News and reviews:

"Long before their official launch, most books detach themselves from their authors. An editor calls to say the text has gone to the printers and no further changes are possible. You feel a pang of regret, tinged with relief. Like any anxious parent, you will do what you can to ease your creation's passage through a hostile world, granting interviews, giving the odd speech, but essentially it must now fend for itself. Your attention shifts to the next project." Read more..

- Author's account of the book's post-publication turbulent saga in Standpoint magazine,
July/August 2009: http://www.standpointmag.co.uk/node/1703

"A book detailing a culture of corruption in Kenya is making booksellers and government officials uneasy, but for different reasons. The fear of reprisals is keeping sellers from stocking it, while top officials named in the book are threatening to sue for libel." Read more..

- CNN report on the book's boycotting in Kenya, April 23, 2009

"I walked into the bookstore and spotted the owner behind the counter. We made eye contact and I moved toward him. With a quick glance around, I leaned in and said, in a self-conscious half-whisper: "That book that everyone wants -- do you have it?"

The man shook his head. "Ahh, no more," he said. "Too hot, bwana, too hot." Read more..

- "A book that's too hot for Kenya", 25 February, 2009

A 62-page Biblical study guide drawn up by the National Council of Churches of Kenya, to be read alongside the book can be found here.

Biblical study:

Further reviews:

It’s Our Turn to Eat. The Story of a Kenyan Whistleblower” 


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